On Friday afternoon, Baseball Prospectus posted their list of the top ten prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I posted the list below, while the link has extra information for BP subscribers on those players, as well as some other prospects in the system. There have been three top ten lists posted recently, which are all listed below. That’s followed by an average ranking of the players on those three lists.

Separate from those lists, our 2019 Prospect Guide is now for sale and available to download online. It includes full reports on the top 50 prospects in the system and comes with a free update in February, which will include added features, as well something on every prospect in the system.

Here are the three recent lists, followed by the average rankings at the bottom:

Baseball Prospectus

1. Mitch Keller
2. Ke’Bryan Hayes
3. Travis Swaggerty
4. Oneil Cruz
5. Calvin Mitchell
6. Cole Tucker
7. Jason Martin
8. Kevin Kramer
9. Bryan Reynolds
10. Kevin Newman

Baseball America

1. Keller
2. Hayes
3. Cruz
4. Swaggerty
5. Kramer
6. Tucker
7. Newman
8. Mitchell
9. Reynolds
10. J. Martin

Fangraphs

1. Hayes
2. Keller
3. Swaggerty
4. Cruz
5. Tucker
6. Kramer
7. Luis Escobar
8. Mitchell
9. Reynolds
10. Pablo Reyes

Combined List by Average Ranking

1. Keller
2. Hayes
3. Swaggerty
4. Cruz
5. Tucker
6. Kramer
7. Mitchell
8. Reynolds
9. Newman
10. J. Martin

As you can see from the three lists, they only have a total of 12 players in the top ten and Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus have the same ten players, though a slightly different order. Those ten players also make up the aggregate top ten list.

As you can see by that final list, you have a pitcher at the top, followed by nine position players. That would signify a strength in one area and a weakness on the mound. If you go a little further though, our own top twenty list has seven pitchers in the 11-20 range, then another seven in the 21-30 range. The top ten makes the pitching in the system look weak, but the top 30 shows that pitchers make up half of that list. A lot of those pitchers in the 11-30 range are lower level players and could end up in the top ten down the line.

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